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AYS On the Earth: How We Are Environmentally Friendly In the Workplace

Recently, our teams across the country celebrated Earth Day by discussing what each of us do to be environmentally friendly at work. Take a look at a few easy ways we at AYS take care of the Earth and share with us in the comments what you do to be more environmentally friendly in your own life!

  1. Use metal straws - Our Massachusetts and DC teams both have replaced their plastic straws with reusable metal ones with the goal of eliminating unnecessary waste and, of course, save the sea turtles!

  2. Walk to work - Our DC team likes to walk to work because not only is it good for our health but doing so can reduce our carbon footprint as well as air pollution!

  3. Sip on a Swell - Goodbye plastic water bottles, hello reusable water jugs! Our managers across all of our offices are rocking reusable water bottles like Swells or Britas instead of old fashion Poland Springs in an effort to use less plastic.

In addition to the above, other ways our team mentioned they try to be environmentally friendly are by eating less meat, using recyclable shopping bags and conserving water! What do you and your co-workers do to be more environmentally friendly at work? Head to the comments and let us know!

Earth Day Hospitality: Good Planets are Hard to Find

On, April 22 in 1970, 20 million Americans took a stand to fight for a better planet by demonstrating for a healthier, sustainable environment.  The movement was created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson with an idea to educate the public about the growing pollution forcing the matter to gain recognition on the political agenda. Ultimately, this national environmental sit-in led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air and Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act in the United States. Earth Day is now the largest civic event world wide, bringing together 184 countries and celebrated by people of different cultures, backgrounds, and faiths. 

On Sunday, in honor of Earth Day, I took it upon myself to clean the Mission Hill Woods located in my neighborhood.  With the help of my dog and a reggae playlist, I spent two hours cleaning the area. I successfully filled 3 large trash bags, and I also acquired a shopping cart, a shower curtain rod, and a television.  The Mission Hill Woods is land donated to the people of Boston by the New England Baptist Church as an initiative to keep Boston green.  

You may be asking yourself what does Earth Day have to do with hospitality? In my opinion, the Earth has been very hospitable to us all. Today, Earth is home to 7 billion people and as far as science has explored we know there is no other place like Earth in this universe. Most days we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  Today, on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day I encourage you take some time and acknowledge this beautiful, significant place we call home.  Make sure you take a moment today to appreciate what Earth has to offer.

Here's a list what you can do to celebrate Earth Day today:

  1. Go outside.
  2. Plant a tree.
  3. Do yoga in the park
  4. Go to a festival
  5. Visit a National Park - over 400 nationwide (and their all free until the 26th).
  6. Clean your neighborhood (
  7. Have a picnic
  8. Volunteer
  9.  Garden
  10. Watch a sunset 
  11. Start recycling or composting

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Posted on April 22, 2015 .